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Over £500k spent on rare Scotch whisky at Edinburgh auction

Whisky lovers splashed a whopping £523,000 on bottles at an auction in Scotland which saw one 52-year-old tipple fetch more than £15,000.

Published: October 6, 2017
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A bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve emerged as the top lot in Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh for £15,625, after being estimated at £7,000-9,000.

The hefty sale made a total of £523,963 -- the highest ever for a Bonhams whisky sale in Edinburgh.

Bonhams Auction

A 1961 bottle of Macallan, one of only 379 bottles, sold for not much less, racking in a substantial £13,125.

And a unique 60-year-old Glenfarclas made £12,500.

A 1981 crystal bottle of Port Ellen, only bottled this year and drawn from a single cask as part of Diageo's Casks of Distinction programme, sold for £9,375.

Martin Green, Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh said: "I am delighted at the success of this sale - the best ever since our first whisky auction in Edinburgh in 2008.

"As usual, we had bidders from all over the world showing yet again that collecting whisky is a truly international passion."

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